Ergonomics For Schools

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Nov 01, 2005
Ergonomics 4 Schools

This site aims to answer all those questions about ergonomics that you haven't even thought of yet. Explore the Ergonomics 4 Schools Learning Zone, read the frequently asked questions, and if you still can't find the answers, simply ask us!

Source: The Ergonomics Society

Mar 01, 2005
The Puget Sound Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society: Ergonomics for Schools (PDF)

Ergonomics has traditionally focused on the workplace, and school staff – teachers, custodians, kitchen workers, librarians, etc. – can all benefit from the application of ergonomic principles to their jobs. But ergonomics can also be applied to students, helping with computer workstation set up, backpack design and use, as well as their after school jobs.

Source: Washington Department of Labor and Industries

Mar 01, 2005
Ergonomics for Schoolchildren and Young Workers (PDF)

Schoolchildren everywhere are being asked to carry more and more weight around on their backs. Researchers around the world have found that the average weight of backpacks worn by schoolchildren exceeds the weight limits that are recommended for adults! This added strain on the neck, shoulders and back leads to an alarming increase in children complaining of aches and pains in these parts of the body.

Source: Washington Department of Labor and Industries

Mar 01, 2005
Repetitive Stress Injury Handbook

Education support professionals can suffer from hand and wrist disorders, backand neck injuries, and muscle strains due to repetitive motions or awkward work positions.

Source: NEA

Mar 01, 2005
Ergonomic Audit and Back Injury Assessment of Custodial Staff

A team conducted a Back Injury Assessment of custodial staff at Cornell University. Interviews, direct observation and videotaping, were used as part of a systematic audit of postural risks, poor tool design, and unsafe work practices.

Source: Cornell University